How to Get Writing Off Glass And Plastic Containers

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How to Get Writing Off Glass

Screen printing is the act of printing letters or shapes on a shirt, glass, wood, and even plastic. Something we have containers that have letters on them and we want to get the writing off the glass to use that glass for something else like a flower vase or to store food in.

Getting the writing off glass containers will seem very challenging at first, but after trying some different methods. I finally found one that works without you using a razor blade too much to scrape the letter off. What I found that works well is apple cider vinegar and nail polish remover. The methods below can also be used to get some paper off plastic containers and glass containers.

How to Get Writing Off Glass Without Acetone

If you choose not to use acetone. Then this option will suit you the best because you can find a bottle of vinegar in the kitchen cabinet.

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Method 1. Using Apple Cider Vinegar To Get Writing Off Glass

Vinegar is a very powerful cleaning product because of the acid level it has in. Apple cider vinegar seems to have some reaction with the ink in the screen print on the glass which softens up the ink and allows you to wipe and scrape it off.

Things needed:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Painters Razor Blade
  • Microfiber cloth

Steps To Take:

1. The first thing you want to do is make sure the glass container is empty. Nothing should be in it, not even water.

2. Pour 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in a next container large enough to hold the glass container. If the apple cider vinegar did not cover the letters on the glass bottle, add some more until all the letters are covered.

3. Leave the glass bottle or container in the vinegar for 2 hours without touching it. Once the 2 hours are up get the microfiber cloth and wipe the letters to see how easy they are to come off. If the ink is still too hard, get a painter’s razor blade and hold it at a 45-degree angle, and gently scrape the lettering off. The apple cider vinegar should make it much more easier to come off.

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Method 2. Using Heat to Get Screen Print Off Glass Bottle

person holding a heat gun

This method will use heat to reheat the ink and make it soft enough to wipe and scrape off without naming the glass container. Only use this method if the container is glass. A Hair dryer can work and a heat gun as well. Note – Do not use the fire from your stove top to heat the bottle. The fire will discolor or break the bottle.

Tools Needed:

  • { Heat gun / Choose 1 out of the 2
  • Hair Dryer } 
  • Razor Blade
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

Steps To Take:

1. As mentioned above, make sure the glass bottle you will be using is complexly empty.

2. Take your hair dryer and put it on the highest setting or if you are using a heat gun, put it on low or medium setting. Hold either the heat gun or hair dryer 6- 8 inches away from the bottle and move it in a horizontal or vertical position over the writing until they get soft.

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3. Once the writing on the glass is soft, wet the microfiber cloth with warm water and wipe the letters off. If it is still too hard to come off. Reheat the area and use the razor blade to scrape the letters off.


Method 3. How to Get Writing Off Glass With Nail Polish Remover

a person holding acetone in there hands

Nail polish remover is a great way to soften paint or ink on any surface. The paint or ink can be on your hands, walls, countertops, and even your skin.

Steps To Take:

Using nail polish remover to get writing off the glass is one of the easier ways. All you need to do is put on a pair of gloves, a face mask, and wet part of a microfiber cleaning cloth with nail polish remover and scrub the writing off the glass.

This method will take some time for the nail polish to soften up the writing so scrub the area until you see the letters coming off.

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Final thoughts –

Reusing glass containers are great for the environment because you do not have to dump the glass somewhere. Getting the letters off the glass bottle can be easy and I find that heating the bottle with a hair dryer works the best.

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